MTGA Announces 2012-13 President, Executive Committee

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MTGA Announces 2012-13 President, Executive Committee

Officers Hail from Roseau, Northfield and Pelican Rapids


(Buffalo, MN)… Duane Jaenicke, P & Turkeys Inc., Roseau, Minn., has been elected President of the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association (MTGA) and Minnesota Turkey Research and Promotion Council (MTRPC) for 2012-2013.

“I am looking forward to the challenges and opportunities that MTGA will face in the year to come,” said Jaenicke after officially being handed the presidential gavel at the MTRPC-MTGA Annual Meeting on March 14 in Saint Paul, Minn.

Jaenicke runs P & J Farms along with his son, Scott. The operation raises approximately 100,000 to 130,000 hens for Northern Pride Cooperative in Thief River Falls, Minn.

The turkey business runs in the Jaenicke family – When he was growing up, Duane remembers the small flocks of turkeys his father raised, and today, Duane’s brother also raises turkeys. Duane began his P & J Farms venture in 1992.

For many years, Duane taught management education courses at Northland Community and Technical College and was named the 2001 Outstanding Ag Educator by the State Association of Management and Ag Educators in Minnesota. He retired from teaching in June 2005. Duane is active in his local church, has served on the church board, and currently is in charge of the cemetery. He and his wife, Bev, have three sons. In his spare time, Duane enjoys fishing and camping.

Jaenicke is serving his 3rd term on the MTGA-MTRPC Board.

Jaenicke succeeds Jeff Lindell, who officially retired from the Board after serving three, three-year terms including this past year as President. Lindell raises turkeys for Peterson Turkey Hatchery in Cannon Falls, Minn.

The remaining two members of the MTGA / MTRPC Executive Committee are Vice President  John Zimmerman, P & J Products Co., Northfield, Minn., and Treasurer John Gorton, Gorton Turkeys Inc., Pelican Rapids, Minn.

Vice President John Zimmerman runs the family farm – P & J Products, Northfield, MN – along with his mother, Karen Zimmerman. He has been in the turkey industry all his life and P & J Products raise approximately 3 million pounds of turkey annually and also raise 500 acres of corn and soybeans.

John graduated from Iowa State University with a BS degree in animal science. He also is a graduate of the Minnesota Agricultural Rural Leadership Program (MARL). He is board secretary of the River County Co-op, financial secretary of Dennison Lutheran Church, and President of the MARL Alumni Association. John was elected to the MTGA-MTRPC Board in 2007 and again in 2010.  He and his wife, Kara, live in Northfield.

Treasurer John Gorton has spent his entire life in the turkey industry, including approximately 15 active years as an adult – nearly 6 with Jennie-O and 9 with this father.  Gorton Turkeys raises 360,000 hens, 44,000 consumer toms, 50,000 KBI toms and 50,000 heavy toms annually in Pelicans Rapids

John is currently in the midst of serving his second term on the MTGA-MTRPC Board of Directors, having been elected in 2007 and then re-elected in 2010. He also has been a featured farmer for the Farmers Feed Us program in Minnesota

John, his wife Trudy and family live in Pelican Rapids and have two sons. He is a current Board Member of the City of Pelican Rapids Planning Commission; an organizer of youth football (2008-2009); and a leader for Cub/Boy Scouts (2004-2008).

About MTGA

The MTGA, founded in 1939 and located in Buffalo, MN, is a nonprofit association dedicated to fostering a successful Minnesota turkey industry and its ability to make positive contributions to consumers, the economy, the environment and its members. Minnesota is currently ranked #1 for turkey production in the U.S. with its 250 turkey farmers raising approximately 46 million turkeys in 2011. Minnesota has the most independent turkey farmers of any state in the U.S. For further details, visit




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